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Chicago Filmmakers moves to renovated firehouse home
From a press release
2018-01-30

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Chicago Filmmakers is excited to announce that it has moved to its new home - an historic 1920's firehouse, fully renovated with classrooms, a screening room, office space, and projection facilities.

Chicago Filmmakers purchased the building from the City of Chicago in February 2016 and, after extensive renovation, remodeling, and construction, moved into its new home in late December, 2017.

The new space is located in the Edgewater neighborhood, at 5720 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660, and includes:

* Two dedicated classroom spaces ( and flex space to accommodate a third class )

* A new screening room, with surround sound and a significantly larger screen size, with adjustable masking

* A professional projection booth, with digital projection, DCP capabilities, and an industry-standard Eastman Kodak 16mm projector

* Attractive new office, meeting, and reception spaces

* A ticketing/concession counter

* Wheelchair accessibility for screenings and classes

* A private parking lot

All classes are now held in the new firehouse location, and Filmmakers plans to resume regular films screenings in February. Chicago Filmmakers will continue its mission of supporting the independent filmmaking community of Chicago through classes, equipment access, member services, screenings, the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund grant, fiscal sponsorship of film projects, youth media education, and two film festivals ( Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival and the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival ).

Chicago Filmmakers will expand its connections to the local filmmaking community through collaborative and co-sponsored screenings and events; become an even stronger resource for local filmmakers through its improved facilities; and become an active member of the Edgewater neighborhood.

Chicago Filmmakers' Executive Director adds: "We are excited to establish ourselves as a permanent member of the Edgewater neighborhood and for having the opportunity to revitalize this beautiful landmark building, bringing it back to life to become a hub for the local filmmaking community and for local audiences."

As a 44-year old not-for-profit media arts organization, Chicago Filmmakers will continue to play an important role in the city's vibrant independent media arts scene, and to continue its own rich history in a new space that provides stability and increased opportunities for growth.


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